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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Betta in 20 Gallon Long

I have a 20 gallon long currently stocked with four mollies (all lyre tale) two male and two female, a male sword tail, and a female platy, two corycats, and a pleco.. Would my male veiltail betta be happy in the tank with those fish ?
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You are really over-stocked anyway!
AqAdvisor says you are at 365% capacity.
Pleco's get way to big for that.
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That's a pretty busy tank already. Swordtails and platys can hybridize, so you might want to reconsider having the together. Male livebearers tend to be somewhat...err...eager, so it's usually best to have a ratio of at least 2 females for each male to avoid stressing the girls out.

I've never kept plecos because of how huge they get. Do you know what kind he is? Some stay small but most of the ones sold in petstores don't.

Bettas are pretty individual, but I think he'd be stressed out by that much activity.
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Sword tails can get aggressive towards betta.
Also, mollies have a really high bioload (the poo/pee a lot), I think they might need a bigger tank ;(

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Maybe a 40g? :)

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~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
~empty~

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With what everyone else said. Cory Catfish need minimum 5 to a group. My female gets along great with Lyretail mollies. I currently have four and a balloon.

P.S. What type of Pleco is it?

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Rather than adding your betta, I would definitely boost your school of cories first (make sure they are all the same species!). +1 to what everyone else has said, too. :)

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You are really over-stocked anyway!
AqAdvisor says you are at 365% capacity.
Pleco's get way to big for that.
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Do you know what kind he is? Some stay small but most of the ones sold in petstores don't.
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P.S. What type of Pleco is it?
I've had the pleco for a little under a year now and he is about pinki length.. He's an albino bristle nose. When he starts getting a bit larger I plan on giving him away to some one with a larger tank.
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If he's a bristlenose, he'll be fine (size-wise) in a 20 gal. Those guys max out at 6 inches and albinos usually stay a tiny bit smaller. Bioload is your problem here, rather than size. :)

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If he's a bristlenose, he'll be fine (size-wise) in a 20 gal. Those guys max out at 6 inches and albinos usually stay a tiny bit smaller. Bioload is your problem here, rather than size. :)
If I have a high bioload that means i need more filtration and more water changes correct?
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